Mike Edwards is an established artist based in Brighton UK. He is well known for his portraits made of text - such as the commissioned typographic portrait of Lord Attenborough
on permanent public display at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts in Brighton - or the portrait of Nadya from Pussy Riot created from the text of a William Wordsworth poem.
The new Black Fireworks body of work is a break out from Edwards recognised style and signals a new direction towards a more sophisticated approach to painting.
Mike has exhibited extensively and his work is in collections all over the world - including those of Imelda May, Roger Taylor, Zoe Ball and the late publisher Felix Dennis. David Bowie signed Mike's unique typographic portrait of Aladdin Sane - which went on to raise phenomenal funds for charity at auction.
An exceptional painter - Mike started out as a professional artisan artist before developing his own body of work. Amongst many other things, he's created a stage set for rock band Blur and produced commissioned artworks for Bacardi, Budweiser and Urban Outfitters. Mike continues to push boundaries in new paintings currently in progress in his studio in central Brighton.
BAFA, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design UK
'BLACK FIREWORKS' - Solo show, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton 2019
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'Mixed Originals' ArtRepublic, Brighton, May 2019
'ArtYard' - Artrepublic, Brighton 2018
'TEXT ME' - Solo Show, The Contemporary, Manchester Oct 2017
'Art Block' - Truman Gallery, London Oct 2016
'Open' - Phoenix Gallery, Brighton May 2016
'Hibernate' - Hang Up Gallery, London 2015
'Layered Details' - Galleri GEO - Norway - Oct 2015
'TYPO' - solo show - The Contemporary Gallery, Chester 2015
Underground OH - Brush Gallery, Brighton 2015
Hang Up Collections Vol III - Hang Up Gallery, London 2015
Celebrity - Brush Gallery, Brighton 2015
A3 - Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 2014
Group Show - The Contemporary, Chester 2014
One Alfred - Store Street Gallery, London 2014
MOA - Monsters of Art Gallery, London 2014
Pink Pop - Red Hand Gallery, London 2014
Pop Typographica - Frame Factory Gallery, Brighton 2013
Synergy - Store Street Gallery, London 2013
Group Show - George Thornton Art, Nottingham 2013
Affordable Art Fair - Hampstead, The Barker Gallery 2012
Diversity In Style - Olyvia Fine Art, London 2012
Brighton Rocks - Future Gallery, London 2012
Icons - Store Street Gallery, London 2012
The Grand Art Fair - The Barker Gallery 2012
Buy Art Fair - ArtRepublic, Manchester 2012
Sound and Vision - Cancer Research, London 2011
Pop Sphere - Sphere Gallery, London 2011
Pop Now - O Contemporary, Brighton 2009
Affordable Art Fair - Bristol 2008
Lexigraphica - Chameleon Gallery, Brighton 2005
Selected private collectors include
Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts Brighton - a portrait of Lord Attenborough commissioned by University of Sussex made of the names of philanthropic donors to the project.
Amex Stadium Brighton and Hove Albion - paintings for Managers Lounge.
Budweiser - development of an ‘Art’ strand for Budweiser global Brand Visual Identity.
Bacardi - commissioned to create visual images made of the brand’s distinctive ‘bat’ logo.
Mars Chocolate - commissioned to create a digital interactive art experience around earlier pixel-based work - resulting in the ‘M&M’s Picture Creator’.
David Bowie signed Mike’s unique portrait of Bowie entitled ‘I Wrote a Picture For You’ which went on to sell for £22,000 in aid of Cancer Research.
Urban Outfitters - in 2008 Mike created 4,000 unique hand-made interactive art products for the global retailer.
Legendary publisher Felix Dennis commissioned a portrait of himself made from one of his poems ‘Glass Half Full’.
Mike’s work has been published worldwide by Rosenstiels Fine Art and Pyramid International and includes one of UK design store Habitat’s best selling images.
Mike’s street portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi is featured in a short film on Brighton Graffiti by film-maker Conrad Brunner.
In the same way songs sonically amplify the meaning of words, my work is about creating a visual form that can enhance or change meaning in words by using the text itself to create the visual image. Meaning is changed - or affected - by choice of image, colour, rhythm and texture. When the written word and the visual image collide - the combination has a powerful potential - and it is this new language I am exploring.